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Tweedy chats with EW's Matt Bean about making, naming their new album


In September, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son Spencer released an excellent double LPSukierae, under the name Tweedy. They recently sat down with EW editor Matt Bean to discuss the record for SiriusXM Artist Confidential on Entertainment Weekly Radio.

“It’s really two short records, and we sequenced two records,” Jeff said of the project, which was actually culled from 40 demos. To make “a complete picture,” Tweedy released the two albums together, rather than releasing them six months apart and losing that interplay. READ FULL STORY

Jeff and Spencer Tweedy release first video from their new band Tweedy

Spencer Tweedy, son of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, is only 18 years old—but he’s already sort of a rock veteran. He started his first band, the Blisters, at age seven, rang in his 13th birthday on stage with Wilco at Madison Square Garden opening for Neil Young, and has drummed on recordings by soul legend Mavis Staples and indie rockers White Denim.

He and Jeff recently launched a father-son band, appropriately called Tweedy, and they’re already pulling in gushing reviews from roots rocker types. They have an album (Sukierae) coming out September 16, and they just released a video for the lead single, “Summer Noon.” Directed by Allison House, the animated clip follows the wide-ranging travels of a lonely red balloon. Hit the jump to watch.


What would Kurt Cobain's music sound like today?

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, I ruminate over the anniversary of the death of one of the last great rock stars with a simple question: Had he not died in April 1994, what might Kurt Cobain’s music have sounded like now?

In order to find some possible answers, I talked to Cobain’s friends and collaborators about his potential musical directions; the master playlist craftspeople at Beats Audio took those cues and built a batch of songs that help extrapolate what Cobain might have sounded like had he lived.

“Cobain always seemed like an old soul and I agree that he would have continued to explore more acoustic music, as opposed to electric,” says Beats’ Scott Plagenhoef. “He wrote personal lyrics but they were opaque and non-linear and he never wrote narratives. There is also a temptation to assume major creative forces like Cobain would remain progressive into their older age but the fact of the matter is that was never a quality that he displayed even during his lifetime. There is no indication he would have embraced electronic music, for example.”

The playlist includes a handful of tracks that seem like inevitable Cobain compositions (Elliott Smith’s “Waltz No. 2 (XO),” Wilco’s “How To Fight Loneliness,” The White Stripes’ “We’re Going To Be Friends”), as well as some reasonable stretches (EMA’s “California,” Cat Power’s “He War,” Lambchop’s “My Face Your Ass”). Spin the whole thing here while you consider what might have been.

What do you think Kurt Cobain would have sounded like in 2014? Let us know in the comments.

See Mavis Staples and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy team up in the 'I Like the Things About Me' video -- EXCLUSIVE

In a couple of weeks, soul legend Mavis Staples will drop her second Jeff Tweedy-assisted album, One True Vine. But you don’t have to wait until then to get in on the goodness — we’ve got their official video for album track “I Like the Things About Me” ready to be watched exclusively here.

The black-and-white clip centers around shots of  Staples, Tweedy, and Tweedy’s 17-year-old son Spencer (plus a couple other cool-looking cats) making their sweet music together at the Wilco Loft in Chicago, the city where both stars call home. Making the video even groovier is the fact that the song itself is a great jam.

See Staples and the Tweedys affirm themselves in the “I Like the Things About Me” video below:


Bob Dylan announces summer tour with Wilco and My Morning Jacket

Bob Dylan is literally always on tour — his “Never Ending” trek technically started way back in 1988, if you buy into the Dylan mythology.

But this summer, he’s putting together his own package tour, AmericanaramA. Wilco and My Morning Jacket are slated to round out the top of the bill, which will hit 26 different dates. Several acts will rotate in on the undercard, including Ryan Bingham and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio.

The tour kicks off on June 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida and wraps up August 4 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, April 24. Check out the complete list of dates and venues below.  READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Wilco goes electric rock, but keep acoustic roots at Hollywood Bowl

For a band that built their reputation as alt-country pioneers, Wilco’s show at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night was a bit harder rock than one might expect, with a set that varied at times (and sometimes even within songs) between electric jams and warm ditties. The show was the band’s fourth appearance in Southern California in 2012 alone, but their last before embarking on a European tour.

The Chicago natives, helmed by lead singer Jeff Tweedy, started off the night with familiar favorites, including “War on War” and “I am Trying to Break Your Heart” from their fourth (and most acclaimed) 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. At the end of “Heart”, the song took an electric, angrier tone than it does on the album, screeching to a final best-breakup-song-ever halt. But the jamming really got going with their take on “Impossible Germany”, off 2007’s Sky Blue Sky. Lead guitarist Nels Cline (who first recorded with the band on that album) played some serious chords for several minutes, breaking guitar strings and joining together with Tweedy and Patrick Sansone.

Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

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Wilco announce release date for new CD, 'The Whole Love'


Wilco will release their new CD, The Whole Love, on September 27. The album will feature a dozen new songs, including the recently released single “I Might,” which you can check out below, and the twelve-minute “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend).”

The Whole Love is Wilco’s eighth studio album and the first to be released on the band’s dBpm Records label. Jeff Tweedy and crew have also announced a string of dates, which kicks off at the Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN., on September 13. Legendary singer-songwriter and silver fox Nick Lowe will be the support at all the shows.


Country great Charlie Louvin dies at age 83

Charlie-LouvinImage Credit: Mark Humphrey/AP ImagesCountry singer Charlie Louvin died today at the age of 83, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Charlie and his brother Ira performed as the Louvin Brothers and the pair scored a succession of hit singles in the ’50s and early ’60s, including “When I Stop Dreaming” and “Cash on the Barrel Head.” The split up in 1963 and Ira died a couple of years later in a car accident.


Mavis Staples: The legendary singer on her new, Jeff Tweedy-produced CD—and the day Bob Dylan asked for her hand in marriage

Mavis-StaplesThere aren’t many singers who end an interview by asking if their interrogator wants a hug. Actually, in this writer’s experience, there is just one: Mavis Staples.

Yes, Staples, 71, may be more, literally, open-armed than most music legends, but she is 100% deserving of that title nonetheless. The vocalist’s family band, the Staple Singers, first hit the charts way back in 1956 with the gospel track “Uncloudy Day.” In the ’60s the group—which was led by Mavis’ father Pops—hung out with Bob Dylan, and covered Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” In the  ’70s the band scored a string of soul-pop hits, including “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There,” and “Let’s Do It Again”.

The latter track was produced by Curtis Mayfield, who temporarily nudged the Staples Singers away from their usual “message”-based lyrical terrain into more lusty territory. “We got into the studio and Curtis said, ‘Now, Pops, this is your part,'” recalls Staples. “And Curtis sang, ‘Now, I like you, lady…’ Pops said, ‘Curtis, I’m not going to say that. I’m a church man!’ And Curtis said, ‘Oh, Pops, come on, man. The Lord won’t mind!’”

The Staple Singers’ soul-funk grooves, and Mavis Staples’ deep, soulful, vocals, attracted a raft of famous fans. They performed with The Band on the latter’s concert movie The Last Waltz and Prince produced two solo albums for Staples—1989’s Time Waits for No One and 1993’s The Voice.

Pops Staples died in 2000, but his daughter continues to perform—and to attract famous name collaborators. Ry Cooder produced her 2007 set “We’ll Never Turn Back,” while Wilco head honcho, and Staples’ fellow Chicagoan, Jeff Tweedy oversaw her latest collection “You Are Not Alone.” On the CD, which is released today, Staples tackles songs by John Fogerty, Randy Newman, Pops Staples, and two numbers penned by Tweedy, including the title track. She also sings the traditional number “Wonderful Savior”—a song the Wilco frontman made her record in a freezing stairwell. Hey, that’s no way to treat a living legend! “No!” agrees Staples, with a laugh. “I told him, ‘Tweedy, it’s cold out there, this is Chicago!’ We had the coldest winter in I don’t know how many years. It had to be like ten below. And you know this stairwell is even colder. I said, ‘I’m not going out there!’ He said, ‘Someone get Mavis a coat and a hat and a scarf and some gloves! And, Mavis, go out there with the rest of the guys and sing the song!’ So I did. And the song sounded so good, I suggested doing it again, but we had gotten it that first time.”

Of course she had. She’s Mavis Staples!

After the jump, Staples talks about how she came to work with “Tweedy” in the first place—and how she almost became Mrs Robert Zimmerman.


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